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Hillman reaches multiyear deal to manage Royals

Updated: October 20, 2007, 1:52 AM ET
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Trey Hillman has a daunting task. It's his turn to try leading the Kansas City Royals back to respectability.

A winner in Japan and in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees, Hillman was hired Friday to take over a long-struggling Royals team that hasn't been to the playoffs since the late Dick Howser guided Kansas City to the 1985 World Series title.

"In baseball circles on a national level, this couldn't be perceived as a better hire," Royals general ...

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